Glenfield’s spring musical reflects on uncertain times
Glenfield Middle School will present its spring musical, Edges, on June 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.
“We felt Edges was the perfect show for this pandemic year because it asks so many questions,” drama teacher and director/producer Tom Lupfer said. “Reflecting on coming-of-age questions felt like a powerful way to use art to reflect on our uncertain times.”
Edges is a song cycle that features many different characters facing ‘edges,’ or moments in their lives where they are on the precipice of something new. The songs cover complex topics such as commitment, identity, the flirtations of young romance, confronting painful emotions, and deciphering complicated relationships.
Edges is the first musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, written when the pair were sophomore students at the University of Michigan. The songwriting team has gone on to write “The Greatest Showman” and “La La Land” for the screen, and their Broadway musical "Dear Evan Hansen" won six Tony Awards, including Best Score.
The production team selected Edges because it was “pandemic proof”. All music and choreography were taught on Zoom, as school has been remote until very recently.
“We also wanted a show that could easily transition to different formats, since we did not know what our safe audience options would be a year ago when we selected the show," Lupfer said.
This year’s musical will take place on Glenfield’s deck, in an outdoor stage and seating area that allows an audience of 200 socially distanced patrons to enjoy the show. Featuring the talents of over 50 Glenfield students, Edges features direction by Lupfer, music direction by vocal music teacher Gayle Fuentes, and choreography by dance teacher Maria McMahon.
Admission is $15. For tickets and more information, visit: gms.booktix.com.